We went to St. Lucia for seven full days.
At home, Bee took care of all three kids while juggling work!!!
My two heroes, Jo and Bee.
A couple things to note:
- This was the longest period of time I've ever been away from both the kids and Bee. I think I did really well with this.
- This is the most food, the freshest food, I've ever eaten in a week.
- This was the farthest I've ever traveled from home. No, I'm not a worldly traveler.
- On this trip, I remembered how to stop and look at my surroundings. I remembered to search for what is not easily seen and appreciate the details.
- I tasted my food and remembered how to slow down and enjoy it.
- I remembered how to be still and do nothing. Really nothing.
- I now understand what layers of flavor and a "finish" mean.
- I was reminded of how much I love being a wife and mom.
- This trip was like hitting the reset button on my life. My soul was nourished.
And by the numbers:
38: Courses eaten.
5: Desserts eaten.
6: Animals seen in our room (!)
6: Spa treatments received.
1: Boat rides.
7: Days chocolate eaten.
13: Approximate bug bites.
3: Times I thought we'd die in a taxi.
3: Snorkeling opportunities.
1: Sea snakes seen on the snorkeling trips.
55: Approximate sea urchins seen on the trips.
28: Horses, goats, cows seen on the side of the roads.
19: Approximate number of alcoholic drinks consumed.
8: Cocao bellinis included in that number.
1: Dips in volcanic mud baths.
2: Walks to see Cocao trees.
1: Bars of chocolate made from the bean.
18: Approximate cups of coffee consumed.
9: Facetime opportunities with everyone at home.
14: Villas at the resort.
5: Our villa number.
0: Televisions on the resort.
0: Air conditioning units on the resort.
6: Windows open in our room daily and nightly.
1: Former U.K. Prime Ministers staying at our resort at the same time as us.
2: Bodyguards accompanying Prime Minister.
6: Total Americans at the resort, including us.
82: Average temperature.
0.5: Days when it felt like it was too hot.
2: Visits to the beach.
1: Days by which we missed seeing Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin at Sugar Beach.
3: Times I cried out of pure joy.
And, while I could post about two hundred pictures of this amazing experience, I've selected a handful (or two), in no particular order. A hard decision, for sure.
|Room view one.|
|Room view two|
|In the hammock on Sugar Beach. Nice.|
|Petit Piton view at the pool.|
|Me. Loving it.|
|Even rain was beautiful.|
|We saw a rainbow almost every day.|
|The former Prime Minister, Sir John Major and his wife, Dame Norma Major|
|Cocao Bellini much? Oh, and notice my manicure!|
|Making my own chocolate bar.|
|Every morning- a stellar view, french pressed coffee, and a huge plate of fresh fruit. Oh, and THEN breakfast.|
|The chocolate bar makings.|
|Inside the spa. Every day. Word.|
|Sugar Beach and Gros Piton.|
I couldn't be more grateful to both Jo, and most of all Bee. Without either of them this never would have happened. I will be eternally grateful for this once in a lifetime experience.